Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist is a loving tribute to the twilight years of the silent movie era. The story revolves around a silent film star who falls in love with a young extra who eventually becomes a movie star. And The Artist is a silent movie. In 2011. That’s just awesome and judging by the glowing response out of the Cannes Film Festival, the movie works. The Weinstein Company picked up the film and has put some serious faith in their marketing team to sell a movie where no one talks. In 2011. That’s going to be jarring for modern audiences (and the leads aren’t American movie stars! Bonus!) but I can’t wait to check out this movie at TIFF.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The Artist hits theaters on November 23rd.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Artist:
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a very successful silent movie star. The arrival of talking pictures will mark the end of his career. Peppy Miller, a young woman extra, becomes a major movie star.